Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County

WHAT THEY DO: Children First’s mission is to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Student Support Specialists work in K-6 schools to support students with improvement goals related to attendance, behavior, coursework and parent engagement, and provide after-school enrichment in affordable housing communities. Family Resource Centers offer food boxes, clothing, school supplies, emergency financial assistance and much more.


  • Publix Super Markets Charities will match up to $3,000 in donations.


  • Donors of $150 or more will be entered in two drawings: One for two tickets to Navitat Canopy Adventures’ Mountaintop Tour (expires 11/30/2021). And one for a gift basket of local business goodies, including two six-packs from Devil’s Foot Beverage Co., 2 ounces of loose-leaf tea from Asheville Tea Co., a swag bag from Hillman Beer (sign, tank top, two koozies, sunglasses and a sticker) and a liter of Highland’s Cold Mountain (2020). (Winner must be 21 or older.)

I always wanted to become famous for track and Ms. Dani showed me that if I really wanted to become famous, I would have to work for it. And until this day, I work super hard to get there.
—Former Student